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Residency for US Citizen, Permanent Resident, Eligible VISA or I-94 card holder

To qualify for New York City tuition rates, students must have completed one year of residency in New York City prior to the first day of classes, and must not be on a temporary visa. The student must be a US citizen, Permanent Resident, Refugee/Asylum granted (I-94 card) or in a non-immigrant status that qualifies for the resident rate.
Students must also show proof of their citizenship/immigrations status through a Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Green Card, U.S. Passport or eligible VISA card in addition to completing the residency form(s) and the required 2 documents as outlined below in the Residency Checklist.

Follow the steps outlined below (pdf document will open in a new window):
Step 1: Review Residency Checklist
Step 2: Complete Residency Form-Part A (all students must complete this part)
Step 3: Complete Residency Form-Part B (if applicable)
Step 4: Complete Residency Form-Part C (if applicable)
Step 5: Submit forms and required documentation (copies only) to the appropriate office.

Residency outside the boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, & Staten Island)

If you live in New York State but outside of the 5 boroughs:
Step 1: You will need to visit your County Clerk’s office to obtain a B-81 form.
             How do I obtain a B-81?
Step 2: Submit this form to the Bursar’s Office in Room S-330.

Students under the age of 24

Students whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) reside out of state, who otherwise meets CUNY’s residency requirements and is not financially independent from his/her parents, is eligible for the resident tuition rate if the student can show that he/she changed his/her domicile by submitting two documents as indicated on the Residency Checklist.

Students under the age 24 who claim to be independent must document financial independence from their parents.

Students over the age of 24 are considered independent and do not have to document financial independence

Residency for Undocumented and Out of State Students

Pursuant to Section 6206 (7)(a) of the New York State Education Law, students who are not residents of the State of New York, other than those in lawful non-immigration statuses, qualify for the resident tuition rate if one of the following conditions are met:

  • The student has attended an approved New York high school for two or more years, graduated, and applied to attend CUNY within five years of receiving the New York State diploma.
  • The student has attended an approved New York State Program for General Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam preparation, received the GED issued within New York State, and applied to attend CUNY within five years of receiving the New York State GED.
  • The student was enrolled in CUNY in the Fall 2001 semester or quarter and was authorized by CUNY to pay tuition at the resident rate. Thus, a student who attended CUNY in the Fall 2001 semester and paid the resident rate does not have to satisfy either condition 1 or 2 above.

Students meeting one of the three conditions set forth in the law do not need to prove residency in New York State. But those who do not have lawful immigration status must file an affidavit (Complete Residency Form-Part C) with CUNY stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status or will file such an application as soon as they are eligible to do so.

Residency Appeal Procedure

Any student who receives a negative residency determination must, along with this determination, receive a copy of the college's appeal procedures. If the student wishes to appeal a negative residency determination, he/she must notify the Registrar's Office (or other designated college appeal office) within ten days of notification that he/she has been determined to be a non-resident. At that time, the student may submit a statement to the Registrar (or other designated official) indicating why he/she disagrees with the college's decision. Upon submission of an appeal, the student will be provided with a copy, stamped "received" and the date, or some other dated proof of the college's receipt of the appeal. The Registrar (or other designated official) will submit the residency form, copies of all documentation provided by the student and any statement made by the student, along with the college's determination, to the University's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel.

The colleges will not make residency determinations retroactively and will not issue refunds to students even in cases where they would have qualified for the resident rate if they had submitted timely documentation.

Other Resources

Alternate Lease Statement form

CUNY Tuition and Fee Manual – Part IV. Residency

Note: Students requesting resident status for tuition purposes are expected to be aware of the requirements necessary to qualify for State residency (for both senior and community college students) and City residency (for community college students) set forth in Part I of this Residency section of the Tuition and Fee Manual. Students are also expected to be aware of the resident and non-resident tuition rates, which are available on the CUNY web site, among other places, so that they know if they are being charged the correct tuition rate and quickly address any residency issues.



Office of the Registrar
Room S-315 (Above the Main Lobby)
Phone: 212-220-1290
Fax: 212-220-1254

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM*, Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
*When classes are not in session, the office is open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Special Note
Saturday and Sunday student may go to the Office of Evening/Weekend and Off-Site Programs in Room S-715 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.